KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 REMIX
Disney Interactive/Square Enix
youíre convinced that Disneyís classic cartoons are mere kiddie
stuff then youíre goofier than, well, Goofy. Gawrsh!
savvy pop cultural acolytes know, thereís always been a depth beyond
the simple fun-for-munchkins angle, be it in Mickey Mouse, or tales
such as The Lion King.
For years, the Kingdom
Hearts series has celebrated this, grabbing the best of Disney
Ė and thatís a lot - then banging it together with chunks of
Final Fantasy for action role-playing unlike anything else.
Plus, theyíve been smart enough to acknowledge that the real star is
Duck, Donald Duck.
The clunkily-named Kingdom Hearts HD
1.5 Remix isnít a new game. Itís actually three oldies, spruced
up, tweaked and plopped onto one shiny disc of heaven for fans, most
of whom wouldíve missed out on at least two as they werenít
originally released in Australia.
The star attraction is,
appropriately, first. Itís Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, and
was the series originator, released back in 2002 for PS2. As teen
boy Sora, who has a natty way with a sword, you restore your world
thatís been decimated by blotty black things. Donald and Goofy
assist, and youíll encounter innumerable classic Disney properties
en route. Remastered graphics are peachy, and mercifully camera
controls have been tightened. A bit.
Next, Kingdom Hearts
Re:Chain of Memories. The sequel, this adds card game
shenanigans to a GBA release that was rejigged for PS2 before
rejigginess for PS3. Thankfully, more makeovers than Joan Rivers
havenít broken it.
Finally, DS title Kingdom Hearts 358/2
Days (so thatíd be 179 Days?), which timeline-wise
squatted between the above two, is here. Sorta. The cutscenes have
been sticky-taped together with new bits added to make a near-three
hour movie. Clock towers, ice cream and Mickey Mouse in bondage
This is fan service perfection. If you
donít agree then weíll sic Donald onto you... WAK-WAK-WAK!